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#1125205 - 09/17/17 01:51 AM Caribbean Hideaway
oldbroad Offline
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Hi Marian,

I have started playing this game today and so far I like it a lot. I played 10 levels but did have to repeat level 10. The second time around I got it pretty quickly though.

Can you maybe explain to me a bit about how/when to use the items I'm accumulating on the bottom right of my screen (hammer, hourglass, workers?) and also the cannonballs and ships? Also, will the time increase at any point in the game or does it always stay at 10 minutes? (Just curious.)

So far, it is a fun game! Thank you for recommending it.

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#1125207 - 09/17/17 02:34 AM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
Marian Offline
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I found this post on the Big Fish forum, which explains this well and perhaps better than I could:

Quote:


Hourglass
It is the first icon on the lower right hand side. You fill the hourglass by making matches on the board with the tiles that have the hourglass icon on them. The hourglass adds additional time to the rope timer at the bottom of the screen. At first you get an additional 15 seconds with your first upgrade. You have to upgrade 2 more times in order to get 30 and 45 seconds extra. Always use the hourglass power up as soon as it is available. Don’t save it as it does not gain power if it just sits there.

Army
The army power up is the middle icon that is in the bottom right corner. When you use it they will destroy a certain percentage of your board at a time. When you start they destroy 15 % of the board, additional upgrades will give you 30% and then 45% destruction of the board. Always use the army power up as soon as it is available. Don’t save it as it does not gain power if it just sits there.

Hammer
The hammer is the last icon on the bottom right hand corner. It can destroy one tile at a time in the beginning. Later it can smash several tiles when it has been upgraded.


I just used the cannonballs and the ships when it seemed like a good time to do so. After you have gotten a better feel for the game, you will kind of know when using them is practically a must if you wish to finish the level in time.

I am glad you are enjoying it so far. There's a lot of variety to the game and I never get tired of playing it. smile

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#1125248 - 09/17/17 12:38 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
oldbroad Offline
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OK, thanks Marian. I had a little idea how the power ups work from playing The Spell and I know this game did give a description but I can refer back here when my forgetfulness kicks in. I'll have to experiment and see. pirate

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#1125250 - 09/17/17 01:10 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
Marian Offline
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It'll become second nature after a while - at least, that's how it was for me. pirate

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#1125258 - 09/17/17 03:13 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
oldbroad Offline
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Another 10 chapters under my belt, but I had to play #18 6 times before I beat it!!

Was I wrong saying 10 minutes per chapter above? I'm only seeing 8 minutes today.

I still haven't tried any of the power ups. I forget to use them and I know in The Spell when I used them I lost my concentration and then I had more trouble finding matches.

Time for a rest from that!!

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#1125265 - 09/17/17 03:46 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
Marian Offline
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I really have no idea how many minutes per chapter there are, as I never timed it myself.

You can get away without power-ups for a while, but eventually they will become vital. wave

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#1125267 - 09/17/17 03:48 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
oldbroad Offline
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I'm not timing it. It shows you how many minutes you played and how many you had left after completing each chapter. That's where I'm seeing it.

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#1125270 - 09/17/17 03:58 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
Marian Offline
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Talk about memory loss - I didn't even remember the game showed you. slapforehead lol

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#1125275 - 09/17/17 04:34 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
oldbroad Offline
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Time for a replay Marian. wink

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#1125282 - 09/17/17 05:05 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
Marian Offline
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I think I have finished this game 5 times in total. But I am sure I will hear that siren call before too long. lol

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#1125422 - 09/18/17 11:21 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
oldbroad Offline
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I'm officially stuck on Chapter 30. Already played it 14 times and am using all available power ups etc. woozy pirate

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#1125425 - 09/18/17 11:33 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
Marian Offline
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I just found this online. It looks pretty comprehensive.

It's definitely not an easy game, but it is doable. No question but that you have to be fast on some levels. I don't recall level 30 specifically or what it involves.

I downloaded it last night for a replay - so that I could just play a few levels here and there when I am in the mood. Made it to level 24 so far. wave

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#1125493 - 09/19/17 08:47 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
oldbroad Offline
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LOL: "I downloaded it last night for a replay - so that I could just play a few levels here and there when I am in the mood. Made it to level 24 so far. wave"

That's what I was trying to do, a few levels here and there for filling in some time but I get sucked in!

That was very useful information you linked to, however, when I'm panicking in the game I don't remember what any of the stuff does except the hourglass and the hammer.

Level 30 is probably a piece of cake for you and I will get it eventually. grin

What I like though is that I keep getting more gold even though I fail the chapter. And I have no unemployed workers stealing it either.


Edited by oldbroad (09/19/17 08:50 PM)

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#1125494 - 09/19/17 08:52 PM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
Marian Offline
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I played level 30 today and I actually only had about a minute left when I finished it; I had not used my ship power-ups, though, which probably would have helped things go a little more quickly.

Even with all the playthroughs I have done at this point, I still don't find it an easy game. Sometimes a bit easier, yes, but never easy save for the first few levels.

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#1125509 - 09/20/17 02:22 AM Re: Caribbean Hideaway [Re: oldbroad]
oldbroad Offline
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Marian - it took me 4 hours and many attempts but I am now through Chapter 35.

This game really is BRUTAL!! smashpc

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